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A new pedestrian zone opens in Moscow

November 14, 2013, 21:54 UTC+3 MOSCOW

More are to appear in the capital in the years to come, the Moscow mayor says.

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MOSCOW, November 14, 18:00 /ITAR-TASS/. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has opened a new pedestrian area in Moscow’s Zamoskvorecheye district and promised to create more pedestrian zones in the Russian capital.

“Today, we have finished one of the biggest Moscow projects designed to create the capital’s pedestrian space. More than two kilometers of pedestrian streets have been created in Zamoskvorechye: from Novokuznetskaya street to Bolotnaya Square,” Sobyanin said at the opening ceremony on November 12.

He added that the pedestrian zone had been tiled and over 700 small architectural forms had been installed. The streets got a new lighting system. The facades of all buildings were repaired and all unlawfully installed trading points were removed.

“We have done everything to enable Muscovites to walk and enjoy Zamoskvorechye’s historical views,” Sobyanin went on to say. The mayor added that Zamoskvorecheye was one of the most popular and visited pedestrian zones in Moscow.

The creation of pedestrian zones in Moscow will not stop at that. Pyatnitskaya Street in the centre of Moscow is to become partly pedestrian next year. The Moscow authorities are planning to connect Zamoskvorechye with a future park in the Zaryadye district by pedestrian streets via the Big Moskvoretsky Bridge.

“We are going to make Varvarka a pedestrian street in order to create a network of pedestrian streets linked with each other in the city center. I hope the Muscovites will like the idea,” Sobyanin said.

In turn, Viktor Fuyer, the prefect of Moscow’s central administrative district, told journalists that the territories of all adjacent churches had been set in order during the development of the aforesaid territories.

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